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Remembering Dr. Howard Jones, IVF Pioneer

Dr. Howard Jones, who achieved the first IVF birth in U.S., died on Friday, July 31, at the age of 104.

Along with his wife Dr. Georgeanna Jones, he founded the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in 1979. Elizabeth Carr was born in December 1981; she was referred to at the time as the first “test tube” baby.

“Dr. Howard, as he was affectionately known, was a towering figure in reproductive medicine”, said Dr. Rebecca Z. Sokol, President of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. “A talented physician, skilled surgeon, innovative researcher, valued teacher, great writer and a devoted family man. Human beings of his caliber are few and far between.”
Dr. Jones is survived by his two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. His wife died in 2005.


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